There’s nothing better than summer in Washington: brunch outdoors, afternoons spent by the Penthouse Pool, rose on patios. I hope your weekend left you suntanned and refreshed. Here’s to the last week of July. PS. Don’t miss the giveaway!
Fun fact: Today is National Peruvian Day. Las Canteras, a Peruvian spot in downtown Washington, is celebrating with a special chef’s dinner this evening. The meal will feature fresh ceviche, prime beef lomo saltado, and a choice of appetizers and desserts for a prix fixe of $39.50 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Seatings will be at 5, 7, and 9:30 pm. Make reservations by phone at (202) 265-1780. 2307. Las Canteras, 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
We’re giving away two tickets to the second Chefs Behind Bars, where six of the area’s best chefs will compete to create a signature cocktail. The chefs time around are Bart Vandaele of B Too, Douglas Alexander of Art & soul, Frank Paris of Sona Creamery, Frederick de Pue of Table and Menu MBK, George Pagonis of Kapnos, and Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofer’s Union. A panel of judges vote on the winner at Union Market on Tuesday. To win, (1) Follow @BitchesWhoBrunch on Instagram, (2) Like us on Facebook, (3) Follow @BtchesWhoBrunch on Twitter, and (4) comment with your favorite summer cocktail below. Those who don’t win the tickets can purchase a pair with the code “BWB10” online. Buffalo & Bergen, Union Market, 1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
Take a break midweek with a massage or facial at Aura Spa in Vida Fitness. This summer, Aura Spa is offering 15 percent off massages or facials on weekdays. There are locations at the Renaissance Hotel, U Street, Verizon Center, Metropole and City Visa. Both Becca and I swear by the facial esthetician at the Metropole location.
Our favorite Jewish deli, DGS, is having an evening event, Delicatessen After Dark. Plus, Charlottesville brewery 3 Stars is setting up shop and the restaurant’s chef, Brian Robinson, is cooking up 12-hour-smoked brisket, beer-can chicken, grilled corn with pastrami butter, schmaltz braised greens and more. The evening kicks off at 5pm. See the menu here and make your reservation here. DGS Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
August is National Coffee Month and Peruvian restaurant, Mio, is celebrating with four specials that celebrate everyone’s favorite source of caffeine. There’s a coffee-rubbed rack of lamb with five chilis, a coffee citrus spiced cured salmon and a coffee flan, with fresh cream and berries. Last but not least, a Café Colada, which is a variation of the classic Piña Colada, the Café Colada is coconut cream, fresh crushed pineapple, Puerto Rican white rum, and Mio’s coffee espresso. Mio, 1110 Vermont Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Enjoy Saturday evening cocktails at one of our favorite spots, Bar Barcelona. There are a few new cocktails on the menu, including two enticing options: the Bee’s Wings, a Barcelona version of the Prohibition-era cocktail with a blend of Bar Hill Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, agave nectar, orange blossom water, lemon juice and pasteurized egg white; and the Whiskey Root, made with Byrrh Quinquina, fresh ginger, basil leaves, lemon juice, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Bar Barcelona, 14th St. N.W. Washington, D.C.
There’s also a new Cirque du Soleil show at the National Harbor. Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production and the artistic, acrobatic, unique display pays tribute to women. Find more information online.